1851 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hector Macneill

David Macbeth Moir, in Sketches of the Poetical Literature of the Past Half-Century (1851; 1852) 100-01.



It may be asked, what was the peculiar poetry of Scotland about during this period? Not much; yet a current in the river-bed of the once copious stream of the Gavin Douglases, and Dunbars, and Lyndsays, and Ramsays, and Hamiltons, and Fergussons, and which had overflowed like an autumn spate in Burns, showed that the fountain had by no means ceased to flow. Hector Macneil had contributed to the literature of his "auld respectit mither" The Waes of War — a simple strain, yet full of pathetic truth, and which found its way to the hearts of his countrymen.